Advanced Imaging Equipment Support Kuwait’s Healthcare Sector
Kuwait is serious about overhauling the country’s healthcare sector. The Ministry of Health is building nine new hospitals that will add thousands of beds. To support the government’s commitment to improve healthcare services in country, GE Healthcare is introducing some its latest technologies, for the first time in the region, in these hospitals.
By installing such advanced medical imaging technology, these ministry hospitals will be able to improve the speed of diagnosis and the quality of treatment. As well, by offering world-class care in Kuwait, fewer patients will need to travel abroad for treatment. These outcomes will deliver significant cost savings to the government.
A partnership between GE Healthcare and Advanced Technology Company (ATC) has been selected as the key technology provider for five new hospitals being developed by the Kuwait Ministry of Health as part of the Ministry’s strategic healthcare infrastructure modernization plan. The hospitals are part of the KD 31 billion (US$102.9 billion) Kuwait Development Plan (KDP), and the new hospitals are expected to create 15,000 new high-value jobs.
Offering 3,000 hospital beds, the new facilities also will help Kuwait address the increasing incidence of lifestyle-related diseases, including diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Sabah Hospital and Jahra Hospital are scheduled to open in 2018, while the remaining three hospitals are set to begin serving patients in 2019.
Sabah Hospital will be equipped with diagnostic imaging, ultrasound and healthcare IT solutions, as well as GE’s SIGNA Architect, the first surgical MRI in the Middle East.
Jahra Hospital will receive the same equipment, as well as the region’s first integrated, simultaneous PET/MR system, GE’s SIGNA PET/MR. Magnetic Resonance (MR) is used to image soft tissue, as well as functional and structural details. By combining PET and MR, clinicians can fuse anatomical images and biochemistry data together to pinpoint areas of cell growth. This can shorten the time between diagnosis and treatment.
The five hospital projects underline GE’s long-term commitment to supporting Kuwait’s healthcare reform plans, said David Mezher, General Manager for GE Healthcare Middle East. “The significant improvements in hospital infrastructure will help to improve healthcare outcomes both for Kuwaiti patients and for the healthcare system as a whole.”
Several of the technologies featured in the five-hospital deployment are just some of the GE Healthcare products, services and solutions on display at the GE Healthcare stand during Arab Health 2017, which runs through Thursday in Dubai.